The cover car for our 10th annual Auburn, Indiana auction to be held on Saturday, September 2nd, this majestic 1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Limousine by Fleetwood is one of the most historic luxury cars ever produced. Aimed directly at the business, political, and social elite of the 1930s, Cadillac’s V-16 remains a design and engineering landmark in every respect with no two exactly alike. In researching the background of this example, Worldwide Auctioneers consulted the GM Media Archive and received a copy of the original Cadillac Motor Car sales order form for this very car.

After it was produced, this Fleetwood Style 4375 Imperial Limousine-bodied V-16 was delivered new to Portland, Oregon, where it was sold by the Collins Bros. Co. All V-16s were sold new to wealthy individuals with the means to purchase and operate them, and this car, number 700859, was no exception, having either been purchased new or subsequently by Jimmy Monaghan, a Portland-based lumber baron. This early provenance came to light by chance just today (Friday September 1, 2017), when Mr. Glenn Mounger, the retired chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,  contacted our Auctioneer and Co-Principal, Rod Egan. Mr. Mounger not only recalled our V-16, he had a wonderful personal connection to it.

During the early 1970s, around 1971-1972, Mr. Mounger and his friend, Larry Lattin, were seeking classic cars in Oregon, where they saw 700859 in a lumber camp. Spotted in very good condition and sporting the silver and black colors it continues with today, the V-16 was under the ownership of an aged, but still very spry, Jimmy Monaghan. A sale price was negotiated on the spot with Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Lattin was the proud new owner of the V-16. The adventures continued for both Mounger and Lattin, with the as-yet unproven Cadillac, weighing some 5,000 pounds, needing to be driven over a mountain pass for the trip to its new home with Mr. Lattin in Seattle, Washington. Thankfully, the unrestored car’s brakes were up to the task and the trip to Seattle proved uneventful but enjoyable, with Mr. Mounger at the wheel.

During his ownership of 700859, which we understand to have continued until the late 1990s, Mr. Lattin eventually had the car restored circa 1990-1992. The car would eventually be acquired in 2001 by noted Windsor, Ontario-based collector Mickey Moulder, who detailed the car for the show field and displayed the V-16 at the 2002 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. The next year, Mr. Moulder sold the Cadillac to Jimmie Taylor of Huntington, West Virginia, who made the car the centerpiece of his wonderful museum collection, which was open to the public for free. To ever be able to offer a Cadillac V-16 from the first model year is a thrill in itself. However, with its great history, this Cadillac V-16 marks an even better occasion. Now, it can be yours, offered Without Reserve at Auburn on Saturday, August 2nd!